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U.S. judge sets trial date in American Airlines, JetBlue antitrust lawsuit -Breaking

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© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: A American Airlines Airbus A321-200 aircraft takes off from Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles (LAX), Los Angeles California, U.S.A. March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) – A judge has been appointed to hear the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust case against American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ:) and JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:) Corp. The trial will take place in the second half next year.

According to documents filed Friday, U.S. District Judge Leo Sorokin of Boston has set the case for Sept. 26th 2022. A lawsuit by the Justice Department, six states and five other countries over “Northeast Alliance”, a partnership between JetBlue Airlines and American Airlines is the basis of the trial.

According to the suit, the agreement would result in higher fares at busy Northeastern U.S. Airports. It seeks to stop the scheme which was first announced in July 2020 by U.S. Transportation Department and then approved shortly before Trump’s departure.

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